Luis L. Martins is the Chair of the Management Department, the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, and the Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT, he was on the faculty of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. He earned his PhD in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Amanda Golden is the Program Administrator for the Entrepreneurship Minor. In this role, she manages all aspects of the minor, including advising current and prospective students, managing the program’s application process, coordinating events for students enrolled in the program, while also guiding the program’s mission and goals.
Amanda has over 10 years experience working in higher education and helping students navigate the college and university setting. Her career in higher education started while she was still in high school when she worked at Austin Community College (ACC) providing administrative support to academic advisors. As a full-time student, Amanda continued working at ACC providing administrative support in both the advising and admissions offices. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government right here on the Forty Acres, Amanda worked for two years at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Due to snowy winters and a significant lack of breakfast tacos, she chose to move back to Austin with her family and has been working on campus for over seven years.
Prior to joining the HKC team, Amanda worked as a Career Counselor and Academic Advisor in the Cockrell School of Engineering. While working in engineering, Amanda oversaw many complex projects, allowing her to build an expansive skill set in program coordination and student support. In 2015, Amanda earned a Master’s Degree in College Student Development from St. Edward’s University, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate in her program. Amanda enjoys getting to help students find ways to achieve their academic and professional goals and to identify and build skills that will help them be successful in their classes and careers. She has advised students and led workshops in a number of areas, including major and career exploration and enhancing academic success. Amanda is excited to be part of the HKC team and to help students make their startup dreams a reality.
Emanuel Ibarra is the Program Manager for the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin where he manages the full spectrum of the centers programs and outreach to further the Center’s role as a platform for collaboration, knowledge and venture creation, and dissemination in the areas of entrepreneurship, growth and renewal. Prior to the Herb Kelleher Center, Emanuel served as the Director of Global Technology and Innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. As a part of the Global Technology and Innovation team, he was tasked with assisting in the company formation and growth of business located in the Austin region from start-up through IPO and increasing the region’s access to private equity and venture capital. Emanuel has a BBA in International Business and Interactive Games Management from Saint Edward’s University, and is currently an MBA candidate at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Ashley Jennings serves as Program Manager for the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal.
Through her work the tech startup ecosystem, she's been deemed a top "connector of people and organizations in Austin," focused on driving real change around systematic problems for women in the workforce and gender inequality. Prior to joining the McCombs team, Ashley helped co-found and served as Chief Marketing Officer for DivInc, a non-profit accelerator for women and ethnically diverse tech founders, aimed at increasing diversity in the tech industry.
She is also the Co-Owner and Executive Producer of Spero Labs, LLC, a creative production agency championing great content for clients of all sizes, from local startups to fortune 500 giants. As a thought leader, Ashley produces and speaks at conferences, events and summits throughout Texas, including SXSW.
Before moving back to Texas from New York, she helped launch Al Jazeera Media Network’s American channel, Al Jazeera America, and was part of the ABC News field team who traveled the country covering breaking news, weather and politics. Her time with ABC News earned her five Emmy nominations along with a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.
She’s skilled in media consulting and strategy, marketing communications, fundraising, sales, event management, strategic partnerships and corporate relations.
Her greatest joy is mentoring students and being back on the Forty Acres, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
Lydia Ward is the Administrative Associate for the Entrepreneur Minor at the McCombs School of Business. She assists the Program Administrator by developing schedules, budget planning, application and registration administration, and functioning as the first point of contact for students. She also assists at functions and handles marketing for both the Entrepreneurship Minor Program and the Herb Kelleher Center. Lydia also works on the maintenance and tracking for the program’s website and social media. Prior to joining the Entrepreneurship Minor Administrative team, Lydia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and received a certificate in Web Development.
Senior Student Associate
Trent is a student in the full-time MBA program at the McCombs School of Business graduating in May 2020. At the Herb Kelleher Center, he is working on several strategic initiatives to grow entrepreneurship academics at the University of Texas. In addition, he is on the leadership team for the McCombs Entrepreneurship Society.
Prior to business school, Trent worked in technology consulting and corporate innovation at Deloitte Consulting. He is currently working on a virtual reality startup focused on the elderly population.
Mitchell is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He joined the Entrepreneurship minor last fall as Student Assistant and has built a passion for innovation and creativity.
Dylan is a second-year finance major at the McCombs School of business and an Ambassador for the Herb Kelleher Center, where he to helps build and promote the brand of the center through external outreach. In addition to his work at the center, he's an analyst in Texas Money Group. Prior to his time at McCombs, he was a wrestling state champion and Eagle Scout. After graduating, Dylan hopes to work for a local startup in Austin.